Copycat Wingstop Mango Habanero Sauce Recipe

Wingstop Mango Habanero Sauce Recipe

We had Wingstop’s mango habanero wings a while back and enjoyed them a lot. The mango tasted great, and all the spices just infused together to become a great flavor profile. It had a perfect ratio of sweetness to spiciness.

From what we understand, the primary taste is in the mango habanero sauce that coats the chicken wings. Wingstop’s sauce tasted delicious and made the chicken flavorful. We decided to make a copycat recipe ourselves as we liked the sauce a lot.

You can find our copycat Wingstop’s mango habanero sauce recipe along with the chicken wings recipe in this article. You’ll love it!

How to Make Wingstop Mango Habanero Wings

Wingstop’s mango habanero chicken wings aren’t as spicy as atomic Wingstop wings. They’re milder but still have a kick to them. We think you can tweak the recipe if you are making them for kids. Otherwise, we found that our friends loved them, and the heat was their favorite.

In our recipe, we focused on getting that sour, sweet, and spicy flavor profile for the sauce to taste almost identical to Wingstop restaurant’s. Moreover, if you want, you can also use the sauce for other dishes, such as a topping for twice-baked potatoes. Because the sweet and sour of the mango just hits the right notes of flavors.

So, we won’t make you wait any longer for a delicious chicken wing recipe. Let’s jump into it!

Ingredients to Make the Sauce

All you need for the sauce are the following ingredients:

  • Mango Nectar 12 ounce, 1 can
  • Brown Sugar, ¼ cup
  • Stemmed Habanero Peppers, 6
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Soy Sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Rice Vinegar, 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Butter, 1 stick
  • Honey, 2 tablespoons
  • Minced Garlic Cloves, 3

Ingredients to Make the Chicken Wings

  • Chicken Wing Sections, 30
  • Cornstarch, 1 cup
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying, as needed

How to Make the Mango Habanero Sauce

In this part, we will explain the process of making the infamous mango habanero sauce. You can easily combine this recipe with the latter, the chicken wings part, to make a delicious mango habanero chicken wings dish.

The prep time is 5 to 10 minutes, and the cooking time will likely take you an hour. We know it’s a long time but trust the process. The outcome will be worth the wait because the sauce turns out amazing.

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Here are the instructions to make the copycat Mango Habanero Sauce recipe:

Step 1: In your food processor, add mango nectar, habanero peppers, brown sugar, sriracha sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Close the lid of the food processor tightly and mix until everything turns into a puree. There will still be visible pepper seeds in there, but don’t worry about that.

Step 2: Carefully open the food processor lid because the pepper fumes will hit you in the face.

Step 3: Get a large saucepan and set it on the stove on medium heat. Add butter to the pan, and add the minced garlic after the butter gets hot. Fry the garlic until it becomes a bit brown and fragrant. This won’t take more than 30 seconds.

Step 4: Now, pour the mango habanero mixture into the saucepan. Keep stirring the mixture and let it simmer. At this point, bring the heat to medium-low and add two tablespoons of honey.

Step 5: Let everything simmer but don’t forget to stir frequently. You will notice the sauce reducing and thickening in about 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the sauce reduces by 75 percent and becomes a thick glaze, immediately take it off the heat and let it rest. Now, you have your delicious mango habanero sauce!

How to Make the Mango Habanero Chicken Wings

closeup view of Mango Habanero Chicken Wings on the wooden board
Image credit: SabritaEs-sa, Shutterstock

Now that your mango habanero sauce is ready, all you have to do is prepare the chicken. It is very straightforward and doesn’t take much time to do.  All you have to do is coat and fry!

Here are the steps to make mango habanero chicken wings, the Wingstop style:

Step 1: Clean your chicken wings well, so there is no dirt or feathers. Then pat them dry with paper towels and lay them on a baking sheet. Transfer them to the fridge to dry them more. It will help cook the chicken better.

Step 2: While your chicken wings are in the fridge, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This step might be confusing but let us explain. You are preheating the oven to keep the chicken wings warm after frying them. Otherwise, the sauce will not stick to them properly.

Step 3: Now, heat some oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a deep frypan.

Step 4: Spread cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a large dish and coat the chicken pieces. Then add the chicken wings to the hot oil to fry them. Fry each side for 3 minutes, which is 6 minutes of frying time in total.

Step 5: Take off the golden brown and crispy chicken wings and place them on paper towels. It will help soak up the extra oil.

Step 6: When you have fried 6 to 7 chicken wings, transfer them to the preheated oven to keep them warm. Then, repeat the process until all the chicken wings are fried.

Step 7: Now, get a large bowl and put the chicken wings in it. Start adding the mango habanero sauce in small quantities and mix the wings well. Do this until you have poured all the mango habanero sauce. Ta-da! Your chicken wings are hot and ready to be eaten.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I make the Buffalo Wild Wings mango habanero recipe?

The process is very easy. You can use our mango habanero sauce recipe so that it doesn’t take you much time to make. All you need is Fire Eater dry rub seasoning, vegetable oil, and chicken wings.

How to make: In a ziplock bag, add your chicken wings and drizzle some oil on them. Then, add the Fire Eater dry rub and mix the chicken wings properly, so everything is coated. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for 1 to 4 hours. Then, take them and fry them as you want. Lastly, while they are still hot, add the sauce and serve.

2. What is the Wingstop fry seasoning recipe?

The seasoning is what makes any fries tasty. If you like Wingstop’s fries, here is the seasoning recipe for you!


  • Garlic Powder—¼ tsp.
  • Onion Powder—¼ tsp.
  • Chili Powder—¼ tsp.
  • Paprika—½ tsp.
  • White Sugar—1 tsp.
  • Brown Sugar—½ tsp.


Now, you know the secret to a great mango habanero sauce. You can now easily make yourself mango habanero chicken wings or chicken steak. If you want, you can also tweak the sauce recipe to your liking. If you want it to be less spicy, decrease the number of habanero peppers.

Our recipes are designed to give you the best copycat taste. If you have tried our recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment. We would love to hear from you. Moreover, let us know if you have any requests on what we should try next. Have a wonderful day!

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